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The story takes place in Paris, France during the latter half of the 19th century when a woman's destiny was decided by the social class she was born into unless she married int a higher status.  This also hinged upon having a dowry, money/property, given to the groom upon their marriage.  It was difficult for women to improve their lot in life because of the social norms at that time in history.

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The setting is Paris, France. It moves through several locales, most of them lower or middle-class, but with some high-society thrown in as well.

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